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Martek Opens the VA Las Vegas Medical Center
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Services: Acquisition Support
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which operates of one of the nation’s largest integrated health care systems, had not opened a new hospital since 1995. After losing its main facility in 2003, the VA’s Southern Nevada Health System was serving more than 46,000 veterans through a widespread network of clinics and hospitals. Thousands of veterans in Nevada were traveling every year to VA facilities as far away as Southern California just to get the care they needed. With an increased demand for services from veterans returning from war, the VA’s Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) program—established to improve the access to and the quality of care for veterans and to determine the future resources needed to provide them with health care—called for the construction of a new major medical center and renovation of four satellite primary care health clinics in Las Vegas. Groundbreaking for the main hospital took place in October 2006.
Built on 150 acres of land donated to the VA by the Bureau of Land Management (and subsequently blessed in an American Indian Paiute Tribe ceremony), the new state-of-the-art hospital is more than 1,000,000 square feet—one of the largest ever built by the VA. The massive facility has 90 inpatient beds, a 120-bed community living center, and an ambulatory care center. The satellite facilities are 38,000 square feet each. To make these facilities operational, the VA needed augmented help and administrative support from experienced contracting specialists in procuring more than $70 million dollars of necessary medical equipment.
In an April 2011 contract award, Martek was tasked with assembling a team of professional acquisition and administrative specialists to oversee the purchasing of everything from Band-Aids to x-ray machines. In the remarkable timeframe of just five days, Martek assembled and brought on board a team to deliver full lifecycle acquisition services. At the project’s peak, the team included 10 acquisition specialists and 6 administrative support staff. From the initial statement of work through contract signature, the Martek team oversaw the advertising of bids, led the evaluation of proposals, and made recommendations for contract awards.
Martek’s leadership and expertise helped the VA efficiently acquire the medical equipment needed to open the main Las Vegas hospital and the four satellite primary care health clinics on time and $700,000 under budget. The primary care clinics opened between September 2011 and February 2012. The main medical center opened its doors in August 2012 and became fully operational by the end of the year. Nearly half a million veterans live in Nevada and it is anticipated that the facilities will soon be providing world-class medical care to more than 60,000 veterans. Martek continues to support the VA’s operations and procurement activities in Las Vegas with seven acquisition specialists and two administrative staff. In March 2013, it won a new contract extending its work for 6 months with an additional 6 month option.
Martek Global Services, Inc.
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